City Council agenda features mobile home rent vote, snow removal

Saturday, December 31, 2011 | 3:30 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The City Council on Tuesday will decide whether to end the three-month break on rent for residents facing closure of mobile home parks.

The ordinance currently grants a three-month rate abatement to residents who must leave a mobile home park.

Its legality has been questioned by Third Ward Councilman Gary Kespohl and City Counselor Fred Boeckmann.

Other items to be addressed Tuesday night include:

  • A public hearing on construction of sidewalk improvements along Broadway that was tabled at the Dec. 5 meeting.
  • First read of a resolution revising the reimbursement policy for city staff travel costs.
  • First read of a bill that would repeal the extra business license tax levied by the Special Business District in anticipation of its transition into the Downtown Community Improvement District.
  • First read of a bill calling for the April 3 municipal election of council members in Wards 2 and 6. Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill has announced he will not seek re-election. Nominating petitions must be filed no later than Jan. 10.
  • Staff report recommending a temporary shelter for the homeless at 804 N. Old 63 for the months of January and February.
  • Staff report to allow private contractors to clear neighborhoods and city streets of snow and give plowing priority to neighborhoods that restrict street parking during heavy snowfall. 
  • Presentation of designs for a new terminal building at Columbia Regional Airport, with estimated costs between $17 million and $26 million.

Tuesday's meeting agenda can be found at the city's website. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Council Chamber, 701 E. Broadway.

City offices will be closed Monday for the New Year's holiday.

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